Not even the Cowes Floating Bridge can escape disruption due to adverse weather conditions it would seem, as the Isle of Wight Council announce that the service will be suspended tomorrow (Saturday).
The Council have said that due to the impending arrival of ‘Storm Hannah’, the floating bridge service between East Cowes and West Cowes will not be running at all on Saturday.
It is said that the decision has been taken as a safety precaution due to an exceptional situation beyond the Council’s control.
The authority say that as the winds are predicted to be in excess of 20 knots, the chains need to be slackened to maintain clearances over the chains. With slack chains and strong winds, it is likely that the Floating Bridge will be unable to land square to the slipway.
It’s thought that tomorrow’s suspension of service is the first time that the River Medina service has been suspended in advance due to the anticipated arrival of weather.
Local forecasters IW Met Service have issued a yellow weather warning for wind between 10:00 and 23:00, but the weather is not expected to be any worse than what has already been experienced this week.
A passenger launch will be in operation from 05:00 until 22:30. The normal floating bridge service is due to resume at 06:30 on Sunday.